A man becomes a shadow when the certainty of credos fade. When confidence in the man fades because he allowed circumstances to overshadow his well meant intentions, he becomes a shadow. When folks who admired the man cannot follow because the attention given lacked, a shadow overtakes his soul. No matter the intentions proferred, no matter the reason behind the direction swerved, no matter the reasoning behind the curve, a man is to be taken at his word, and when the word fails him, because of the lack of action taken, He is merely a shadow of. His former self!
Though I care not overly much for physical things, there are times I think being made of gold would suit me well, so that I might be able to hammer myself thin enough to cover all my cares.
The filtered sunshine dropped around like raindrops falling to the ground while the leafy canopy high above, waved hellos to those far down below and breeze blown willowy boughs shifted the buds toward and fro, breaking the light into glowing dots that seemed to rain onto the forest floor.
I searched all through that wonderful day, wandering past leviathans of stalwart oaks, wading bubbling streams so aching feet could soak and not hinder my passing while looking for, I knew not what; though I understood recognition would come to me when perchance the object sought would reveal itself.
Evening fell like a velvety curtain over the transforming sky while the crescent moon and glittering stars took their place against the background of deep dark space and made my shivering soul feel a little bit less alone. Plodding along and taking the trek slow, reserving my energy cause my destination clearly still was not known.
Just before dawn-break , after clambering down a rock strewn fall , by the gathering pool of clear, chilly streams a magnificent, paint horse idled by on the gravel edge, looking more out of place than even I felt. The muted snort and muffled whinny as I softly approached told me that the equine majesty did not mind my stopping or company.
After drinking full of champagne from the mountain lake, with giddy feet and light headed gait my wandering led me away from the hills till the forest I left behind. The coarse, green grass spread before me then and time stretched her arms so that I could not recall when the mounted patrol crossed over a hill and shouting stampeded straight into my path and the thought suddenly occurred to me that my lengthy journey would soon be past..
So running now, desperation eating my mind, and the sedges pulling at my legs while I tried to race away from my persuers, the time seemingly slowed for me but not them, and near I was to passing cold out when I heard from behind a victorious shout and I fell to the ground and looked around, expecting my doom. I saw the horsemen roping the steed of the stream. Unbeknownst to me a follower he was and the riders retrieved their property.
Foolishness flushed my hot, reddened face, so to escape the feeling I began to race, nay fly,across the verdant prairie, seeking now nothing but space and wind in my hair and a feyness lingered in the crisp morning air. Then the well opened beneath my shoes and forward pace turned into a deep dark place.
Falling took forever it seemed with the time now playing tricks on my sanity, and when by chance I could look up to the rim from which I had fallen, the sun faded from before my very eyes and the moon peered down into the shaft and followed me with a splintering laugh, so I turned away and saw below licking flames crawling the side of the hole, and screaming full throated I was when I woke in my bed;sweating, trembling and hot.
Weakly peering about the room, I quickly assayed my situation was quite normal with my wife and our dog sleeping deeply in the evening gloom. I grabbed up my robe, then poured a stiff drink and stepped out he door so that I could clear my mind and think of how silly it seemed to feel such a dream, and finally smiling I turned back to my house but in the corner of my weary eye; by the pond near the shadows stood a magnificent, paint horse!
I cannot find anything anymore! During a recent doctors visit, just a checkup, I was informed that I had lost an inch in height , [ something I would rather not lose ] and since have looked everywhere! I even checked all my shoes …….
My room of lifes’ floor lay covered in carpet and rugs scattered
Whole and tattered, yet soaking the warmth from the door,
Where I stand looking out to the street,
Hoping for friends, or wishing strangers to meet!
My entranceway respects all who enter my place,
Till I determine how much humaness they wear on their faces.
Walls covered in drapes and highlighted by hangings greet all the souls,
And soak up the heat radiated from warm, caring folks.
I bask in the glow of the smiles and the laughter
Left after, the people have gone back to from whereever they came.
The couches recall long, all the pleasant repose
And comfort I glean when I recline back on the pillows,
While gazing to the rafters and roof made of leather
Below where soft cobwebs catch dust rattled down by evenings thunder.
My cozy hiding nest though can get very cold
If the draughts brought in by frigid , hard feeling asses
Cannot be warmed by the candles left by the masses.
So, no matter what my overall vision,
I stand at the door guarding my comfort, my warm, glowing prison!